all other service holder mothers Farzana Huq also prefers day care
centers more than keeping her daughter alone with housemaid. As soon as
her daughter Safa starts going to a day-care centre she is becoming more
social and warm, reports BSS.
Before enrolling Rakin in a day-care
centre, Sanjida Laboni has visited many centers, and according to her
experience except few centres none is meeting the promises they made;
even the standard and quality of service is not satisfactory.
good relationship is identified between the age of children with their
duration of staying and taking services from these centres.
child psychotherapists, consistent and good daycares may ensure
adequate early childhood education for children of less skilled parents.
From a parental perspective, good day-care can complement good
A report shows that children in high-quality care scored
higher on tests of language, memory and other skills than children of
stay-at- home mothers or children in lower-quality daycares.
quality has been described as a slippery and multifaceted construct
that requires careful measurement and interpretation. Childcare can be
regarded as a service to parents; away of enhancing children's
development; and part of a broad range of services to children and
That's why every daycare center must ensure some basic
logistics like sufficient number of attendants. The attendants should be
trained in child rearing. It should be ensured that each child gets
balanced diet and safe drinking water.
The day-care centres can
undertake different approaches based around psychosocial development
through play. At least one full time physician should be available to
take care of ill children. Hygienic sanitation system must be ensured.
parents' aspirations for work and childcare have led policy makers to
consider a variety of childcare initiatives with the dual aim of
supporting parents for work and providing a solid foundation for early
learning and development for children.
In fulfilling growing demand
for daycare centers for children of working parents, the government has
undertaken various measures to this end.
With this in view, the
provision of setting up a day-care centre at every organization
employing at least 25 women has been incorporated in the 1995 labour
laws. The government is considering lowering the number of female
employees to 20.
The Department of Social Service established a day-care centre at Azimpur, Dhaka in 1962 with a capacity of 50 inmates.
The working mothers keep their kids in the said centre without any cost and take them away at the end of their working hours.
The centre provides care, protection, food, security, recreation, play group standard education for these children.
inspired by this initiative of the DSS, a good number of such centres
have been established in the city areas both by public and private
managements. This arrangement of rearing babies has helped the poor
working mothers to continue their jobs safely, which have ultimate
effect on the poverty of the poor mother.
The government currently
runs 32 daycare centers across the country, including seven centers
opened in July. Aparajeyo Bangladesh, an NGO, runs 12 day-care centres
in capital Dhaka. Costs in the centres differ. At state-run centres, one
has to pay 250 taka in admission fee plus 300 taka a month for a baby's
8:30am to 4:30pm stay. At private centers, taka 500 to 1,000 is needed
against an inmate
for half-day. Babies, aged between six months and six years, are usually accepted.
comparing with the services of both private and public centres, the
private centres are in a good position though they are charging a good
amount. In most of the government day-care centres the number of
attendants is poor and they are not trained in childcare. Only a few
government day care centres have physicians.